Okay, so maybe the N96 isn't your cup of tea. Perhaps you're disappointed that Nokia didn't blow out its inaugural entry into the wide world of touch with something just a little more superphone-ish than the 5800. We here you, we really do -- but hang tight, because anyone upset or jaded over Nokia's current S60 lineup might want to take a quick glance here to see if there's light at the end of the tunnel.
First, a word of caution: we're not certain what we're looking at here, but by all accounts, it appears to be a list of prototype devices available to groups within Nokia or third-party development partners. We've filled in as much as we could, adding notes where appropriate. In many (if not most) cases, these devices are available in a series of successive prototype builds that improve on elements of the hardware before they're blessed and released to manufacturing for retail; the availability dates you see here are of the most recent prototype build that we were able to find. Notable goodies include the "Corolla" with a 3-inch VGA display, the "Jig" landscape slider for AT&T, and the "Eitri," a monster QWERTY candybar with a 640x350 display and 5-megapixel camera, but there's a ton of good stuff here, so make a bowl of popcorn, curl up with your laptop, and take a few minutes to digest this thing in its entirety.
Lots of these projects are either ultimately canceled, rolled into future projects, or were always intended for internal development use, so we won't necessarily end up seeing everything that's listed here -- that being said, it's awesome to know that Nokia's planning to knock the spec sheets out of the park in 2009. Click on for the full list
[Thanks, anonymous tipster]